What happens when the world of Ruth Frechman, nutritionist, and voice of moderation collides with the world of Jackie Fabulous, stand-up comic and lover of ice cream? Ultimately, this will be the first time you actually enjoy losing weight, while learning how to eat healthy and stop emotional eating forever.
Paperback; 448 pages; ISBN-10: 0984597913; published January 16, 2012
For anyone who has been on a diet before or knows someone who has, it’s probably no secret how short lived they tend to be. With a never ending assortment of “quick fix” options that continually fail to deliver on their promises of providing meaningful weight loss for the long haul, it’s easy to see why so many people struggle to truly make the lifestyle changes needed to lose weight and keep it off long-term.
As a registered dietitian, certified personal trainer and spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Ruth Frechman has over 20 years of experience helping people lose weight through enabling them to understand the emotional aspects of eating, empowering them to make physical activity a regular part of their routines as well as educating individuals about how to make healthy food choices that lead to lasting results. This book, “The Food is My Friend Diet,” provides readers with quality, science-based nutritional information and accepted physical activity guidelines in a way which is easy to read and even easier to follow. From detailing a plan of attack to navigate the plethora of options at the grocery store to providing simple, straightforward tips on how to put together well-balanced, properly portioned meals (including easy strategies to make recipe favorites even healthier), Ruth truly takes the guesswork out of how to eat healthy.
In addition to providing powerful, yet digestible information on everything from portion sizes to the importance of key minerals like calcium, Ruth also provides guidance on how to lead a more physically active lifestyle, a critical element for weight loss and maintenance, along with strategies on how to truly change the way we think about food.
The book, which is divided into 30 separate, informative chapters, is designed in a way in which individuals can read through one chapter per day (though the author reminds readers they can take as long as they need to move through each section) and complete a daily check-in to track their progress in integrating these changes and strategies into their lives. With sections included throughout the entire book for readers to journal everything from their thoughts and goals to their perceived roadblocks and recorded progress, this book truly serves as a valuable lifestyle tool that is peppered with Ruth’s positivity and enthusiasm along with Jackie Fabulous’ lighthearted firsthand experiences and contagious sense of humor.
All in all, this book truly solidifies the fact that it’s out with the “all or nothing” mentality when it comes to healthful eating, and it’s in with the mindset that “food is your friend.”
What we liked:
- Quality research-supported information on both nutrition and physical activity
- The inclusion of the real life experiences and humor of comedian Jackie Fabulous on her personal journey through the 30 day plan
- Ability for readers to journal their thoughts and progress within each chapter of the book
- Great focus on the behavioral and psychological aspects of making a lifestyle change, including tips for shifting one’s mindset about what it means to eat healthy and understanding why it is that we eat (e.g. stress, emotions, etc.)
- An abundance of practical, easy to follow strategies for making a lasting change, from putting together well-balanced, nutritious meals to making healthier choices at the grocery store
What we didn’t like:
- While all of the content is important, some of the information presented is slightly redundant
December 10, 2012